News

Russia's worst serial killer admits to murdering 81 people

Mikhail Popkov is expected to face a new trial over the extra murders he’s been charged with. Photo: Supplied
Mikhail Popkov is expected to face a new trial over the extra murders he’s been charged with. Photo: Supplied

FIRST "The Werewolf" was known as a vicious serial rapist and murderer. But that was just the start of his evil story.

A former Russian police officer, The Werewolf's real name is Mikhail Popkov, and he already had been found guilty of 22 murders.

But in a horrifying confession, he has now admitted to slaying a staggering 81 people.

And it could still be even more. Authorities have not ruled out there being more victims.

The extra 59 victims means The Werewolf, 52, has the dubious honour of being Russia's worst ever serial killer.

He would even eclipse his idol Andrei Chikatilo, better known as the Butcher of Rostov, reported The Mirror.

The Butcher was convicted of an appalling 53 murders. In terms of worldwide killers he makes it to number three in terms of total body count.

The two serial killers with a higher victim count are both South American. Luis Garavito, who killed 138, and Pedro Lopez, who killed 110.

His modus operandi was to sexually assault the victims before he unleashed on them any sharp weapon he could - be it a knife, tool or even an axe.

He wore his police uniform as he lured drunken victims into his police car, offering them late night rides back home from bars.

The brutal Werewolf stalked his prey for almost 20 years before he was eventually captured.

His wife Elena, 51, and daughter Ekaterina, 29, a schoolteacher, supported him through his early court proceedings and refused to believe he was a mass killer.

They have since distanced themselves from him.

A Russian police spokesman made the grim announcement that cleared up any confusion over the number of victims.

"To clarify the numbers, Popkov has confessed to 59 new murders," said Lieutenant Karina Golovacheva, of the Russian Investigative Committee in the region of Irkutsk region.

The Russian Investigative Committee is Moscow's version of the FBI.

"We are not counting in this total those 22 for which he was already sentenced. These cases are already closed.

"So there are 59 new murders. That means, if we add them to the earlier 22, it will be 81 murders in total."

Mikhail Popkov, also known as The Werewolf is now Russia’s worst ever serial killer.
Mikhail Popkov, also known as The Werewolf is now Russia’s worst ever serial killer.

Lt Golovacheva added The Werewolf had now been charged with murder for 47 of the additional 59 cases. Further charges were likely.

"When the investigation is finished, and Popkov has read the case materials, the trial can begin," she told The Siberian Times.

During his latest court appearance The Werewolf was asked by judge Pavel Rukavishnikov how many women he had actually killed.

He answered matter-of-factly: "I can't say exactly, I didn't keep a record."

He then went on to tell the court" "I admit my guilt in full ... committing the murders, I was guided by my inner convictions."

After his initial arrest, he told police he wanted to rid the streets of prostitutes.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  crime editors picks russia serial killer


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Have your say on Lismore's signature tree

The Illawarra Flame Tree has been proposed as Lismore's own signature tree.

One person proposed the Illawarra flame tree, we suggest the cedar

Lunch lauds women

Organisers of the Lismore Women's Festival Luncheon Back - left to right: Zoe Dodd, Louise Collins, Sandra Handley Front - left to right: Emily Fajerman, Amelia Bolt, Lois Kelly, Zell Bennett

Festival attracts big names for its luncheon

Hollywood star to shine at high tea

STAR: Virginia Elizabeth 'Geena' Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and former archer.

Star of Beetlejuice, Thelma and Louise discussing Women and Media

Local Partners

EAT THE STREET: Save the date for this year's festival

MORE food stalls and cooking demonstrations at the signature Lismore event.

Andy Saunders brings race, family and life into comedy

ON STAGE: Australian comedian Andy Saunders wants to help us all lighten up.

Part of NORPA's Lismore Laughs 2017

BIG RIDE: Matt to bring out smiles for Smiddy

LONG WAY ROUND: Matt Muir raises his bike in triumph on his ride last year.

Fundraiser at Yamba Shores Tavern ahead of 800km charity ride

TLK trio ready to tell stories

Hip Hop outfit Teddy Lewis King are Teddy Rhodes, Mitch King and DJ Mud.

Hip hop troupe prepares to release new single

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

WHEN an ex-vegan pacifist says "I think people that score strategically need a kick in the shins”, the MKR gloves are off.

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

Just a lazy $2.9 million, this hideaway could be yours

Fancy a rainforest hideaway?

“We figured we wanted to spend more time outside."

ROOM FOR RENT: Airbnb market takes off in Toowoomba

Airbnb places are popping up faster than ever before in Toowoomba

Single dad, four kids, turned away from 12 homes. Why?

Sole parent Derek Fenech, with his daughters Amelio, 2, and Katherine, 1, is desperate to find a home for his family of four in Mackay.

Family of five knocked back for rentals in Mackay.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!